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Monday, 17 November 2014 13:20

Cricket: 10 Year Old Malikah, Plays For WP Seniors

In November 2014, ten year old Malikah Hamza, a Grade four learner at Wynberg Girls Junior, became the youngest cricketer ever to play against a senior international cricket side.

Malikah Hamza

In a T20 match, Hamza played for the Western Province Combined Club XI against the Zimbabwe Senior Women’s National team where she acquitted herself admirably against the older players.

Multi-talented Malikah, who recently became the first female cricketer in the world to receive a Royal Club sponsorship deal with world renowned cricketing brand Slazenger, is also the youngest professional hockey player in SA after she was awarded a professional hockey contract from Mr.Price Sport at the age of nine.

In the match against Zimbabwe, the right arm leg spinner go her first chance to bowl and it was in her second over that she pitched the ball on the off stump and hit the middle stump to clean bowl the Zimbabwe opening bat.

Dubbed the female “Paul Adams” because of her similar bowling style, Hamza has been identified as a hugely talented cricketer with a long career before her.

Former Protea spinner, Paul Adams had good advice for the talented 10 year old when he told her to “have fun and just enjoy the game and the rest will follow.”

Western Province does not have a junior girl’s cricket team but that poses no problem for Malikah Hamza who typically joins the U10 boys practice sessions on Wednesdays.

The pint-sized marvel says she has no problem with her fellow Western Province teammates being 20 years older than her saying that, “I am only there to play, that’s all.”

Citing her father, Boebie Hamza as her biggest supporter, Malikah adds that although his practice sessions are very strict they have proved to be very effective. “He is the one who encourages me every day. One day I want to play for South Africa and become a professional player,” she says confidently.

Paul Adam knows all about playing on the big stage as a youngster having made his test match debut at the tender age of just 18. He says about Malikah that she has already achieved a massive amount for her age, adding that encouragement from her family would be key to her continued success.

Could Malikah Hamza but South Africa’s next cricketing protégé? Only time will tell but if the hype and positive reports on her are anything to go by her goal of playing for South Africa may soon become a reality.